|How can you beat a cake mix that looks that good?|
So it's about that time again. The time to make a box mix cake, and review it so it makes me feel better about using box mix. You know, I love a box mix, but some people don't. I really like finding new ones so I can try something different out without the hassle of a real recipe. So here you go, and I promise you will love it.
I found this at the larger grocery store last week, we usually do our groceries at Walmart, but we were there for something else so I got it. I have no control, I see it, I want it. Now this mix cost almost $5, but it was all chocolate so it was worth the gamble.
|This is the fudgy filling, I was very good and didn't lick the bowl.|
Just like the other two I have tried out, there were two pouches in this mix. I did not read the box, like usual, and did not realize that there was no icing glaze. The mix was cupcake mix then a fudgy middle, so you know not all bad. I even had one tub of icing left over, so I was all good.
So to start I wanted to make cupcakes, but wanted something a little different. My friends at work have not had my cupcakes in a jar, I don't think. I cannot remember, really my life is one big blur. So I got out the canning jars I have and washed them. Then I got to baking.
I mixed up the first pouch, which was the fudge filling. It was not too hard to do. Then I mixed the cupcake mix. It said you can bake it in a 9x13, but I ended up with about 16 cupcakes. I wanted them a bit bigger as I was only going to put one in each jar.
|See I hardly slopped any on the muffin pan.|
Firstly I filled my cupcake liners with the cake mix. I always use liners so it is easier to get the cupcakes out, and it saves you lots of time in cleaning. Once that was done, I went back and put a TBSP full of the filling in the middle.
|The fudge didn't really sink into the cupcake.|
The box did not have directions for making cupcakes, which is fine. I just did my own thing, but the box said to swirl the filling into the cake batter. So I did, but it was so sticky it really didn't do much.
|But it did when I tried to swirl it all together.|
They baked in a 350 oven for about 13 minutes, then I let them sit to cool in the pans for a while. I took then out and let them finish cooling.
|At this point, they look gross. This is the real reason we use frosting, to cover the ugly cupcakes.|
I wanted this to be like chocolate over load, like sex in a jar. If there is such a thing, and if there is, I so don't want to know. Anyway, when I was thinking about icing, I needed enough to do a nice swirl in each jar, but I only had one tub of icing. So I mixed it with a cup or so of Nutella and a bit of icing sugar to thicken it up. I put a bit too much icing sugar as it was way too hard to pipe, but it turned out to be like a nice thick ganache. Yummy!
|The cupcake tops sort of pulled a bit going into the jar, but I didn't care, I had frosting.|
I also wanted to add some texture, so I used three types of chocolate covered rice crispy pearls. I have a huge bag of milk chocolate ones and a little bag of vanilla and dark. So I just took the wrapper off the cupcakes, pushed the cupcake into the jar. Then put a big swirl of icing. And then covered it with chocolate pearls. If the cake was not so rich and did not have filling I would have layered another half cupcake on top. But as it was, this was plenty.
|I managed to frost all but one before my stupid plastic pipping bag exploded. Lesson learned, less sugar, or just use an ice cream scoop and the back of a spoon to spread it around. Oh and sprinkles, lots of sprinkles.|
I think this mix was well worth the cost, although I would have liked the picture on the box to not have shown the cake with the chocolate glace. Because I bet most people like me won't read it until they are home.
|See, all those chocolate pearls and you cannot even tell I did a nice swirl.|
|Getting ready to "Tie one on"|
So the verdict at work was good. The few people that I know that don't like sweet things just avoided them. The girl who hates chocolate actually liked it, and one guy told me that "that cake in a can was good." And there you have it people, cake in a can.
|All done, and no need to put it in the fridge, as they keep great and were moist for a few days after. Well so I would think,they really didn't last that long.|